14 Nov 2018 Harrisonburg, VA
Five DAR chapters from District Six gathered in Harrisonburg today for their annual National Defense Luncheon. Three Virginia SAR officers attended, President Pat Kelly, 2nd Vice President Bill Schwetke, and Surgeon Kirk Sheap. The DAR presented all three with Vietnam Veteran lapel pins.
On November 11, 2018 the Prince William Resolves Chapter, NSDAR and the Freedom Museum in Manassas, VA co-hosted a World War I Commemorative event as part of their overall Veterans Day observance. The ceremony featured a reading of every Prince William County resident who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War. Shown (from left to right) flanking the bell that tolled after every name was read, as well as again at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, are Will Simpson (Col. Fielding Lewis Chapter), Past VASSAR President Bill Simpson (Col. Fielding Lewis Chapter), Jay Henn (George Washington Chapter), and Ritchie Dagg (Col. Fielding Lewis Chapter).
Submitted by Jay Henn
The Colonel James Wood II Chapter provided a color guard for the Marine Ball held 10 Nov 2018 at the James Charles Winery, Winchester, VA. Present for the chapter were compatriots Brett Osborn, Dale Corey & Marc Robinson.
Submitted by Dale Corey, President
On November 10, a plaque commemorating George Washington and his connection with historic Pohick Church in Lorton, Virginia, was unveiled. Pohick Church was the parish church of George Washington, George Mason, and George Fairfax. George Washington, as church warden, is credited for selecting its current location. The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps provided a moving musical accompaniment, followed by speakers from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Weems-Botts Museum, DAR, Brotherhood of St. Andrew, and the Virginia Department of Historical Resources. Doug Smith, both a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and a very recent member of the George Washington Chapter VASSAR, gave greetings. The Reverend Thomas Costa, portraying the colonial Rector of Pohick Church Lee Massey, led the Order of Morning Prayer, using the same 1662 Book of Common Prayer that was used in Washington’s time.
Chapter President William Greaf presented a NSSAR Law Enforcement Commendation and Medal to Master Officer Brandon Frantz of the James City County Police Department. From left Harley Stewart, Chief of Police Bradley Rineheimer, Brandon Frantz, and William Greaf. As a result of his leadership and strong work ethic, Officer Frantz has been trained as an Officer in Charge and a Field Training Officer. He has demonstrated great calmness in a high-stress situation. He is an active member of the SWAT Team and the Marine Patrol Unit. He was recently chosen to fill a valuable position in the Community Services Unit. For these and many other reasons Master Officer Brandon Frantz is the James City County Police Department’s 2018 Officer of the Year.
Submitted by: Harley Stewart
Below Jim Simmons, Dale Corey & Marc Robinson of the Colonel James Wood II Chapter at the Clarke County Heritage Days held 3 Nov at the Burwell-Morgan Mill. The event was a depiction of late 1700s life on the frontier. There was a blacksmith, apple pressing, an operational mill, reenactors and many individuals in period costume.
Submitted by Dale Corey, Chapter President
03 Nov 2018 Warrenton, VA
The 2018 Annual Genealogy Workshop, co-hosted by the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter and the Fauquier Court House Chapter, DAR, was held on Saturday, November 3rd with 65 people in attendance. This event is always free to the public.
A light breakfast buffet was available before the formal start of classes at 9:30am. In both the morning and afternoon there were four separate lectures offered four times each to small groups. The keynote was delivered as all enjoyed the provided hot lunch. This year's keynote speaker was Shannon Combs-Bennett, a staff genealogist at the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, an expert on DNA for genealogy, and a widely sought genealogy speaker. She titled her talk: "What Your Chromosomes Can Tell You".
Door prizes worth over $1100 were provided by leading companies in genealogy research such as Ancestry, Fold3, Newspapers.com, Family Tree DNA, Living DNA, My Heritage, Family Tree Maker, and 23 & Me, which included subscriptions to online resources, DNA testing, and genealogical supplies. Family Tree DNA and Living DNA both offered discounts on their tests to all attendees.
GENEALOGY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE OF CLASSES
9:00 am Registration/Social
9:30 am Welcome/Overview
9:45 – 11:45 am RESEARCH RESOURCES
12:00 – 1:15 pm FREE HOT LUNCH
Presentation: “What Your Chromosomes Can Tell You”
Speaker: Shannon Combs-Bennett (link to her blog)
1:15 – 1:25 pm DRAWING FOR DOOR PRIZES - must preregister to win
1:30 – 3:30 pm RESEARCH APPLICATIONS
MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
A NSSAR Fire Safety Commendation Certificate and Medal was presented to Senior Firefighter/Medic Bryce Williams of the Williamsburg Fire Department. From left are Chapter President William Greaf, Bryce Williams, and Chief William (Pat) Dent. All WFD firefighters are trained medics. About two-thirds of WFD emergencies involve medic/medic vehicle responses.
Submitted by: Harley Stewart